Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dublin gets 100 jobs as coalition unveils its latest regional plan

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke

Donal O'Donovan and Michael Cogley

French direct mail and shipping business Neopost has announced 100 new jobs and a €15m capital investment in Dublin.

The new European Operations Centre at Citywest in Dublin is part of Neopost's ongoing shift into digital communications services and will help manage 300,000 active customers in 13 European countries.

Dublin's skilled workforce, ease of access from abroad and the presence of partner firms such as all helped bring the investment to the city, Neopost's Clem Garvey said.

The company did not consider locations outside the capital for the investment plan, he said. He added the cluster of leading global digital business with operations in the city is a major pull.

It comes as the Government announced an action plan for jobs targeted specifically at creating around 28,000 jobs in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth.

The plan is the sixth of eight regional action plans for jobs, for which the Government has set aside €250m.

The North West/North East Action Plan for Jobs has been developed with the goal of delivering between 10pc and 15pc employment growth over the coming years in the region.

Key sectors featuring in the plan include agri-food, manufacturing, engineering and tourism.

However, the action plan has also been developed to target areas in future growth like digital payments, cleantech and creative services.

The Government has set out a number of key objectives to achieve over the two-year period from 2015 to 2017.

They include an increase of 25pc in the amount of startups in the region and an increase of between 30pc and 40pc in the number of IDA investments across the region.

The Minister for jobs, Richard Bruton, said: "Jobs are growing right across the country, but they are growing faster in some regions than in others.

"That is why we have put in place the €250m regional jobs strategy, to support regions to play to their strengths and accelerate jobs growth in every area."

Neopost's Mr Garvey said its European operations are expanding and changing constantly. "With a multilingual and highly adaptable workforce, Ireland is abundant with talent - it's little wonder it is on track to be Europe's fastest-growing economy for the second year in a row."

Irish Independent

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